Jan. 2, 2007
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Head women's lacrosse coach Jake McHerron announced the commitment of three student-athletes after receiving National Letters of Intent during the NCAA Early Singing Period. Caitlin Mikel, a 5'7" attacker, Alexandra Primo, a 5'5" midfielder and Erin Hepper, a 5'3" midfielder confirmed their decision to attend Siena beginning next fall.
"Caitlin, Alexandra and Erin will prove to be valuable assets to the women's lacrosse program, as well as, the Siena community," said McHerron. "We are very excited about the commitment of these three student-athletes. I am confident they will make a significant impact in our system from day one. The signing of these student-athletes helps ensure the continual growth and future success of our program."
Mikel, a two-year varsity letter winner at Irondequoit High School in Rochester, N.Y., earned All-County honors as a sophomore and junior. She tallied 46 goals and 32 assists last season, and posted 72 points in her sophomore campaign. Mikel was named team MVP after her stellar output in her last two seasons at Irondequoit. Mikel is an attacker with a strong scoring sense, and can efficiently control an offense.
"Caitlin has the ability to successfully run an entire offense," said McHerron. "Her strong ability to create scoring opportunities for herself and her teammates make her a valuable asset to the team."
Primo is a defensive midfielder from Fayetteville-Manlius High School of Syracuse, N.Y. Last summer, she helped lead the Central team to a bronze medal during the 2006 Empire State Games. Primo guided Fayetteville-Manlius to consecutive New York State championships (2004 & 2005). She brings great athleticism and speed to the field.
"Alle brings a tremendous defensive ability to the playing field," said McHerron. "With great speed and athleticism, she has the ability to shutdown the top offensive threats in the MAAC."
Hepper, a product of Bernards High School of Bernardsville, N.J., is a prolific scoring threat at the midfield. She currently stands the all-time leader in scoring and assists at Bernards High School with 176 goals and 62 assists over three seasons. As a junior, Hepper posted 101 points and was named First Team All-Conference. During her sophomore campaign, Hepper tallied 71 goals which earned her both First Team All-Area and All-Conference accolades.
"Erin has an incredible scoring ability and will make a significant impact at the midfield," said McHerron. "She gives us another scoring threat on the offensive end."
The Saints kick off the 2007 campaign in New Britain, Conn. versus Central Connecticut on Feb. 17 at 1 p.m. Siena debuts the new state-of-the-art turf facility on Feb. 24 in their home opener against Howard. Faceoff is slated for noon.